Switch

Ages:  5 to 12 years old
Number of Players: 2 to 6
Materials: Deck of Cards, paper and pencil for scoring.
Skill Practice: Classifying, shifting sets, and basic addition

Goal: To be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand for each round in order to accumulate the fewest points.  Game play is over once a player reaches 100 points and loses the game.

Set up:

  1. Deal 8 cards to each player.  Place the remaining cards in the center of the play area.  This becomes the draw deck.
  2. Turn over the top card of the deck in the center of the play area and set it next to the draw deck.

Rules for play:

  1.  Players take turns placing a card on top of the upturned card next to the draw deck.  
    • The card would need to be either a card of the same suit or a card of the same number
    • If a player plays an ace, that player can switch the play to the suit of their choice.
  2. The first player to get rid of the cards in their hand wins the round.
  3. Continue play until a player accumulates 100 points. 

Scoring:

  1. The players tally the points of the cards remaining in their hands. The game ends once a player receives 100 points
  • Number cards are counted as face value
  • Face cards are counted as 10 points each